NP First Nationals juniors start season 3-0

ALLIANCE — The North Platte First Nationals juniors opened their season with three victories over the weekend in Alliance.

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Jace Barker, North Platte defeated Casper (Wyoming) JV 5-3 on Saturday, followed by a 16-0 win over Chadron and a 17-2 rout of Gordon on Sunday.

Against Chadron, North Platte (3-0) scored 15 runs in the second inning and outhit Chadron 9 to 1 in a game ended after the top of the third inning due to run rule.

All 11 First Nationals that played scored at least one run, and five had multi-RBI games.

Tate Janas led the way, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a team-high four RBI. Derrick Kuhlmann and Jeremiah Seamann each had three RBI and Bryce Butterfield and Jaylan Ruffin both had two runs knocked in.

Trey Barker pitched two innings for North Platte, allowing no runs on no hits, walking none and striking out three. Nathan Moats threw one inning, allowing no runs on one hit, walking none and striking out one.

Chadron committed four errors and North Platte had two.

It was more of the same against Gordon as the First Nationals offense applied pressure early and often, scoring three in the second, five in the third and nine in the fourth and final inning, again because of run rule.

The North Platte pitching was also stellar again as Janas pitched all four innings, allowing two runs — both unearned — on only one hit, walking two and striking out seven.

Five North Platte batters had multi-hit games with Kuhlmann and Cody Wright both going 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Cole Wright went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Both teams committed two errors and Gordon used four pitchers.

The North Platte juniors are back in action for their home opener with a doubleheader against Columbus on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. On Sunday, the juniors will host another doubleheader against Sidney at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All four games are at Bill Wood Field in North Platte.

The North Platte seniors open their season on Saturday with a doubleheader at Columbus at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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